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IKEA Lights Up UNHCR Refugee Camps With Sustainable Lighting

Posted by Christine Soner on February 12, 2014

Choosing to make a difference in the lives of millions of refugees is what has motivated the IKEA Foundation to partner with UNHCR to create a ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ campaign, running February 3 – March 29, 2014.
This global IKEA store initiative includes a donation of one euro ($1.35)* to UNHCR (a UN Refugee agency) for every IKEA LEDARE - LED light bulb sold. These raised campaign funds will help to provide solar street lights, indoor solar lanterns, and other renewable energy technologies such as fuel efficient cooking stoves in UNHCR refugee camps in countries including Ethiopia, Chad, Bangladesh and Jordan. In addition, the campaign will also fund improved primary education.

Background
Today, there are nearly 10.5 million refugees globally, around half of which are children. Some refugees have no choice but to live in refugee camps where an absence or lack of light after sunset can have a devastating effect on safety and security. The improvements funded by the campaign will make each refugee camp a safer and more suitable home for refugee children and their families.

“In 2013, over 2 million people became refugees – a near twenty-year record. With each new humanitarian emergency the support of the private sector becomes more vital and more urgent. This campaign represents a new, unique chapter in our relationship with the IKEA Foundation, UNHCR’s largest private sector partner. Together, we hope to be able to transform the lives of many refugees,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

The IKEA Foundation believes that every child deserves a safe place to call home. Since 2010 the IKEA Foundation has partnered with UNHCR, helping to provide shelter, care and education to families and children within refugee camps and surrounding communities.

What a difference a light can make! Imagine life without light after sunset…especially if you lived in a refugee camp. Simple activities such as toilet visits, collecting water or trying to read would be nearly impossible. And returning to your shelter could be unsafe, especially for women and girls.

Join the campaign. Purchase LED LEDARE lights and also become a part of our social initiatives; follow our bloggers to learn what one night without lights is really like! More info below:
One Night Without Lights Bloggers

On February 24th, check out the above blogs to see how our brave bloggers made it through the IKEA One Night Without Lights!

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